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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

This is a common mistake, which will lead to premature roof wear. What the installer should have done, was to install an A to B transition elbow, and continued down the roof with a section of down ...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Three downspout elbows. One takes the spout out past the edge of the house, the other connects to it to take it around to the barrels, the last drops it into the barrels. Rectangular downspout elbows ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder near windows so I can clean my gutters?

Leaning the ladder against the gutter If the gutters are safe to lean on, and if there are no potential problems with denting them, then that is the way to do it. The ladder will be stable and you ...
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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

This is caused by: poor roof design poor gutter installation Since it's not cheap to fix the roof, the solution is to fix the gutters. You simply need larger and/or repositioned gutters. The catch ...
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Is the gutter on the side of my roof dormer necessary?

Since the dormer extends out past the main roof, some (looks like about half) of the water would fall to the ground below. This could cause problems with drainage, puddling, erosion, and possibly lead ...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Try a variation on this? Credit: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-275-Gallon-Rainwater-Collection/ Also credit: Google "downspout elbow around corner"
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Tree growing into gutter. What's a good strategy?

It's hard to say from that photo, but it looks like that bulge is the stump of a limb that could be trimmed back further. Really that's a question for an arborist, though. If you do so you'll want to ...
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How can I wrap a downspout around a corner into a rain barrel?

Move the black barrel! You already have it on bricks. How much more level do you want than bricks? Place the base on the ground and dig out one side until your spirit level shows the base is level. ...
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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

Could you turn the end of the downspout 45-90 degrees so the water exits across the roof slope, rather than down it? This would help distribute the downspout flow across more roof area. Not sure if ...
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Is fiberglass showing on roof shingles an indicator of immediate repair needed?

That's mostly cosmetic, especially since it's almost entirely on the top layer of a two-layer laminated shingle. It is unlikely to result in leaks. That said, they're probably going to continue to ...
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Rain gutter backs up and overflows in heavy rain

Your gutter is overflowing because either the gutter itself is clogged up with debris or the down spouts are clogged up. Your larger sized gutter should be able to handle more rain than the smaller ...
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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

Were it me, I'd consider a 'janky' looking roof much better than premature shingle failure due to overload. Run a section of downspout across your roof and dump it into the existing gutter, angled ...
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Can gutters be installed on top of shingles?

Sometimes the stars align and answers are provided. After i posted my comment this morning I was watching a previous episode of This old house in which they are restoring a New England Victorian ...
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Best way to install gutters on roof with no vertical facia or eaves

This would be a situation where you'll have to use gutter straps (usually in T or K style): Image credit to acehardware.com They install on the roof decking - make sure to follow the manufacturer's ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder near windows so I can clean my gutters?

The ladder should be placed against the gutter and extended (3' or so) above it, so you can do your work without reaching up blindly. Doing the work as you suggest could cause you to have an unstable ...
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What is the safe/correct way to work on gutters? From a ladder or from the roof?

From an industrial safety point of view, none of the above. A work platform (staging, or a manlift) is the proper thing to work from. Ladders should only be used to get to one, (and for certain ...
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Tree growing into gutter. What's a good strategy?

I agree with mmathis' comment that the ideal solution is to present the issue to the city to deal with the tree. The tree will only continue to be more intrusive. That being said, if you have to ...
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How do I calculate the size of the downspout I need for a gutter?

Size the gutters for the rainfall, but go with the largest downspout that will fit your gutters. The issue for downspouts isn't water capacity in a torrential rain, it's debris that gets washed ...
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How do I safely place an extension ladder near windows so I can clean my gutters?

I'm a gutter installer from florida,the sand shifts alot here under ladders,plus uneven ground and bushes to consider.I find a good spot on side of house or a lower roof to access top with another ...
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Finding guards for your gutters when you don't know the make or model

You have fairly typical 5" aluminum or steel K-style gutters (virtually nothing is actually tin in the modern world). Almost any generic gutter guard should work. I have oak trees and the simple ...
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Is it okay to face nail the drip edge to the fascia?

TBH, it would probably be pretty difficult to lift the edge of the shingles enough to actually be able to nail the drip edge down from above. The shingles should be nailed pretty close to the fascia ...
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Is there gutter around this sunroom?

I'd say it has guttering… but perhaps nowhere to go. The moulding round the top edge certainly looks gutter-shaped, it has sealed corners, all very 'guttery'. What it doesn't seem to have is a fall-...
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How do I fix gutter nails that are coming out?

Remove spike and replace with gutter screws. They're about 7 inches long and larger diameter than the existing nail hole. Reuse the tube the nail went through or use a new tube supplied with the ...
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Adding an eaves drip edge to an existing roof installation

It is possible that your ice & water shield will peel up cleanly depending on age, climate, current temperature, sun exposure, etc. Try that first, otherwise... Installing drip edge under the two ...
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Do we really need rain gutters?

You don't need gutters. However, you will want to move water away from the home, as well as reduce any damaging effects of the water dropping from the roof. Reduce damage from water When it rains, all ...
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How should I put a gutter downspout on a corner of my house surrounded by pavement?

A rain barrel with weep holes drilled in the bottom could provide a buffer to catch sudden rain flows and let the water trickle out over time. It could be above or below ground, though if above ground ...
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What is going on with my downspouts?

If you want to repair the leaking pipe where it enters the foundation, I'd use hydraulic cement to seal it. As for the downspout into the cast iron pipe, there are transition pieces that should tie ...
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How can I prevent water from running behind my gutters and under shingles near a wall?

You will probably need professional assistance with this one. Whether there is a drip edge or not, the shingles should overhang the edge of the roof by about an inch. The bigger issue is that there ...
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Were these gutters installed correctly?

This is a common problem when gutters are installed at a later date after the roof and drip edge are finished. Ideally, the shingles would be extended over to the gutter but that wasn't done here in ...
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Is it okay to face nail the drip edge to the fascia?

I'll offer some thoughts in lieu of an answer. I think this is a subjective question with no objective truth to be found. I personally wouldn't have done it like that. It's not difficult to lift ...
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